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General  | Blog  | 11/7/2023

PG Alumni Strike Gold

Jheremy Brown     
With another Major League season behind us, the league is starting to hand out its yearly awards and this past Monday night we learned who took home some gold from Rawlings as this year's Gold Glove Award winners. 

Of the 20 players to hear their names called, 12 partook in at least one Perfect Game event throughout their amateur careers while three, Zack Wheeler, Ke'Bryan Hayes and Anthony Volpe, all took part in the prestigious Perfect Game All-American Classic the summer prior to their senior year. One of two rookies to win the award (Colorado's Brenton Doyle), Volpe and his classmates in 2019 were somewhat at the forefront of Perfect Game's expansion into the younger ages, meaning we've been able to see the New Jersey put his skill on display since he was 14 years old at the 2015 Freshman World Championship: 

Anthony Volpe (Watchung, N.J.) could best be surmised as a baseball player with sound actions on both sides of the ball. A primary shortstop, the 5-foot-8, 165-pound Volpe shows soft hands that play well at the ball as well as good arm strength across the diamond. Volpe takes his reps from the righthanded batter’s box and shows a quick barrel through the zone while exhibiting a feel for it at contact as well with nice jump coming off to his pull side.

Of the PG alumni to grab some gold, Kevin Kiermaier leads the way with 4 awards while Christian Walker, Dansby Swanson and Steven Kwan all made it back-to-back years. The rest of the 12? They're all first time winners, including the Pirates Ke'Bryan Hayes who has long been lauded for his defensive play and has been tabbed of the best defenders in all of baseball, evident as he put an end to another Perfect Game National Showcase alum impressive streak, as Nolan Arenado won the prior ten awards at the hot corner. 

Wheeler, Walker, Hoerner, Hayes, Berrios, Volpe are all National Showcase alum. 

Name Team League Position
Zack Wheeler Philadelphia Phillies National Pitcher
Christian Walker Arizona Diamondbacks National First Base
Nico Hoerner Chicago Cubs National Second Base
Ke'Bryan Hayes Pittsburgh Pirates National Third Base
Dansby Swanson Chicago Cubs National Shortstop
Brenton Doyle Colorado Rockies National Center Field
Jose Berrios Toronto Blue Jays American Pitcher
Jonah Heim Texas Rangers American Catcher
Nathaniel Lowe Texas Rangers American First Base
Anthony Volpe New York Yankees American Shortstop
Steven Kwan Cleveland Guardians American Left Field
Kevin Kiermaier Toronto Blue Jays American Center Field